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Steve Smiley Returns to Mound after August 2015 Motorcycle Accident


Submitted by John Naslund, North County MSBL (San Diego)

I am a long time player, coach, and board member of MSBL in North County San Diego.  Our team is the North County Storm.  I wanted to share an incredible story about faith, perseverance, and the love of baseball.  

Steve Smiley is a long time veteran of North County MSBLbaseball.  He is a gifted pitcher, hitter, and athlete in general.  On a sunny day, August 28th of 2015, Steve was returning home on his motorcycle when another vehicle failed to yield to oncoming traffic and turned in front of him.  Steve sustained serious injuries, most notably his right foot, which was mangled.  Doctors told him there was less than a 10% chance of saving his foot from amputation, a story which persisted well into 2016.  

After a multitude of surgeries, Steve was thankfully able to retain both feet.  Through pain, prayer, and persistence, Steve eventually walked again, gradually improving his perilous condition.  In April of 2016, Steve was finally able to wear a specially sized shoe again for the first time since the August accident.  Steve, through a regimen of exercise and physical therapy, maintained a drive to not only walk but to throw a baseball once again. 

Steve, while rehabbing, assisted in coaching our North County Storm 55+ team during the current season.  A few weeks ago, Steve made the comment he was ready to go to the mound… a comment that floored me.  He threw to our star catcher who confirmed he had control and decent velocity and might just be effective again.  We put Steve to the test. 

The North County Storm played in the top National Division of the open 60+ Memorial Day Weekend Tournament in San Diego a short while ago.  Steve pitched a complete game win for the Storm in the round-robin, helping to propel the Storm to victory and head toward the eventual championship game.  Mike Patrick took it from there and threw a complete game 87 pitch victory against the Greenwood Ridge Dragons to cap the championship weekend.   

Steve will begin playing full time for the Storm when the summer season begins shortly.  Steve is straight forward about why and how he did what he did.  "I love life and I love baseball.”  I guess one really propels the other.

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